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  • Amateur Cast: Unlike the main cast of the previous series, which included several veteran voice actresses such as Yoshino Nanjo and Suzuko Mimori, all of Aqours' voice actresses were completely new talents when first cast, with only Arisa Komiya (who voices Dia) having any professional voice acting experience before this series.
  • Ascended Fanon: As with the previous series, various fanon stories are once again officially published by Dengeki for their Anthology books. The "Ascended" part is still subverted, though. Nakane Nata's official 4Komas in Dengeki G's' website, on the other hand...
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  • Ascended Meme: Any fans who still love to point out any possible Jojos Bizarre Adventure references in the series will feast their eyes on the April release of Nakane Nata's Sunshine 4komas for Dengeki G's, with one of the strips features Mari's 3 golden statues doing poses similar to the Pillar Men, complete with Araki-inspired expressions.
  • Channel Hop: The first series was licensed by NIS America and dubbed by Bang Zoom! Entertainment. Sunshine has been distributed and dubbed by Funimation.
  • Contractual Purity: Tora Con's Twitter page reveals that the voice actresses refused to date any of the male Love Live! fans. Ironically, the actors are somewhat beyond family-friendly actresses (as least for the Yuri fandom) as they repeatedly does a number of teasing on each photos & their live stage plays.
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  • Creator Backlash: A rare, non-official creator example: xIceArcher of Team ONIBE accused ODEX Private Limited for plagiarizing the fansubs for their subtitled release of the Over The Rainbow trailer.
  • Defictionalization: Has its' own page.
  • Demand Overload:
    • Infamously, Aqours' Anime Expo 2019 concert. Unlike the previous year, where Aqours was part of Anisong Matsuri and were featured in the Microsoft Theater, in 2019 Aqours was moved to a neighboring theater called The Novo as a result of a Mel Brooks event being held at the former theater on the same day. The problem is that while the Microsoft Theater has a very comfortable seating capacity of 7100, The Novo has less than half of that at 2400. To no one's surprise, tickets sold out within mere minutes, leaving many fans at the mercy of scalpers (or people who couldn't make it, if they were lucky).
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    • A special bus tour with a Mari-themed bus took visitors to various real-world locations that were featured in the anime, ending with the Awashima Hotel (where Mari stays). Tickets for that also sold out almost immediately.
    • In 2019, Guilty Kiss was selected to perform at Lantis Matsuri at Anime NYC. A combination of this being the first time anyone from the Love Live! franchise performed in the US in a state other than California and the Hammerstein Ballroom, where Anisong World Matsuri was held the year before, being used for BravoCon lead to the tickets selling out in 10 minutes. Due to the demand, 1,000 more tickets had to be added a month before the show.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Kanako Takatsuki and Ai Furihata both dye their hair (blonde and red, respectively) to further resemble their characters (Hanamaru and Ruby, respectively).
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Owing to Saint Snow's status as The Rival to Aqours, fans have taken to nicknaming them "B-RISE", after the rival group in the previous series, A-RISE. Incidentally, the anime later reveals that Saint Snow were inspired to become idols because of A-RISE.
      • Megu Sakuragawa, who voices Tsubasa of A-RISE, made mention of it as she tweeted, "Am I the only one who wanted to hear Shocking Party after seeing Saint Snow?" after watching episodes 12 and 13 of Sunshine. The tweet prompted various responses from fans and a thread with Maho Matsunaga, who voices Erena of A-RISE, culminating in them making plans to go out for karaoke. It was all the more notable considering that Matsunaga had retired from voice acting months ago to focus on DJ'ing.
    • Wooby - Kurosawa Ruby. It just works on so many levels. (The trope, how Dia pronounces her name, and it's also cute as heck.)
    • Kanangst, which is used to depict Kanan's relationship with Mari before the 9th Episode.
    • Riko also had a few nicknames:
      • エロ梨(Ero-Ri(ko)) - A nickname given by Chinese-speaking fans.
      • In a pejorative sense: She is also named as "Redhead bitch", "NTR/Cuckold queen", or "Girlfriend thief".
      • Owing to her status as Aqours's resident Launcher of a Thousand Ships, fans have also referred to Riko as the "Harem Queen".
    • "Edge Pigii" or "Ruby Alter" for Leah because of her status as Ruby's "edgier" foil and the fact that their designs parallel each other right down to the pigtails.
    • "Mikan" for Chika, due to her obsession with said fruit.
    • The voice actresses, like most Japanese celebrities, also have their own nicknames:
      • Anju Inami (Anchan)
      • Rikako Aida (Rikyako)
      • Shuka Saito (Shukashuu)
      • Kanako Takatsuki (King / Kinchan)
      • Aika Kobayashi (Aikyan / Kyan)
      • Ai Furihata (Furirin / Aiai)
      • Aina Suzuki (Ainya)
      • Nanaka Suwa (Suwawa / Osuwa)
      • Arisa Komiya (Arisha)
      • Asami Tano (Asamin)
      • Hinata Sato (Hinahina / Hii-channote )
    • In Season 2 Episode 3, Aqours has to ride a mandarin orange harvesting train to make it from Love Live! to Uranohoshi in time for the school open house. The way the shot is structured with Kanan at the front has given rise to calling it the "discount Happy Party Train", "Happy Mikan Train", or "Mikan Party Train".
    • Fans also created another pejorative nickname for the Anime series: "Love Live! NTR Project", due to the relationships between the 2nd years.
    • "Zaur" for Hanamaru, which is actually from her "Zura" verbal tic, but with the U and A swapped.
    • Due to "Bokura no Hashittekita Michi wa…" being unwieldy to use in the Western fandom, it has been given the nickname "Sou desu!" from the first line of the song.
    • "Guilty MILFs" or "Guilty Moms" for the Guilty Kiss trio's (really attractive) mothers.
  • I Knew It!: Has its own page here.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Only two of Aqours' overseas performances (the 2019 New York Lantis Matsuri event featuring subunit Guilty Kiss note  and the first day of the 2019 Los Angeles Brand New Wave concert note ), have seen official releases in full via a MyAnimeList livestream and a Fuji TV broadcast done to promote Love Live Fes, respectively. This is despite most of these lives usually have memorable moments that were special parts of Love Live! history, like the Aqourainbow formed by the fans at the end of Beyond the Pacific. Live viewings were held for the Aqours World Tour events in 2019, but only in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan, and they never recieved re-releases afterward.
  • Late Export for You:
    • As stated below, Love Live! Sunshine!! received a limited release due to the change of licensing companies. However, more territories were added after the broadcast of the first season and during the broadcast of the second one. For example, on July 1st, 2017, Funimation expanded the territories to include South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands, in order to broadcast on Crunchyrollnote .
    • On November 16th, 2017, it was finally announced that Funimation made available the two seasons of Sunshine!! in Latin America, when the seventh episode of the second season was about to broadcast. This announcement, however, was made with no much fanfare, promotion or advertisement. This is one of the reasons the series was met with a lukewarm response and it contributes with the debacle of the franchise in Latin America, unlike the first Love Live! series.
    • The Movie suffered the same fate in the US, being so late that the Blu-ray Disc of the movie was released in Japan in July 2019 before its US theatrical showings in August.
  • Life Imitates Art:
    • Riko's stage fright and subsequent return to playing piano on stage thanks to her fellows in Aqours starkly mirror what happened to her voice actress in the second day of the Aqours First Live.
    • Shortly after the premiere of Season 2 Episode 6, this sign was spotted at the real-world Awashima Pier, which explicitly states not to throw anything into, or jump into, the water, accompanied by chibis of Kanan and Mari. This is a reference to a scene in said episode, where Kanan throws her notebook into the ocean while at said pier, and Mari jumps straight off the pier trying to catch it.
    • Hokkaido Hakodate Nishi High School is the basis for Seisen Girls' Academy, the school which Saint Snow attends, and similarly to the events of the series, plans are underway to close and merge it with Ryouhoku High School in 2019.
  • Meaningful Release Date:
    • Funimation released its dub of Season 2's two-part Hakodate arc (episodes 8 and 9), set at Christmas time, over the last two weeks of December 2017.note 
    • Likewise, episode 10's dub was released on January 2, 2018.note  Besides being set in the new year, it happens to feature Chika writing calligraphy; kakizome is usually traditionally done on January 2.
    • The Aqours Solo Concert albums will be released on each character's birthday starting with Chika.
  • Milestone Celebration: Aqours' 5th anniversary was celebrated with the release of the "5th Anniversary Jimo Ai! Take Me Higher Project", which included the release of Aqours Club 2020, a special 5th anniversary exhibition, the group's first solo album releases, the "Aqours World Love Live! Vol. 1" international concert compilation, the release of "Duo-Trio Collection Vol. 2", and Aqours' 6th Live tour, the first tour in franchise history to be a dome tour.
  • Names to Know in Anime: Some very famous voice actors received bit parts in Sunshine!!, in contrast to the main cast all being voiced by newcomers.
    • Chika Takami's sisters Shima and Mito are voiced by Kana Asumi and Kanae Ito, respectively.
    • Nana Mizuki voiced Riko Sakurauchi's mother.
    • Inori Minase voiced an unnamed Otonokizaka student who told Aqours that µ's didn't leave anything behind after saving the school and winning the Love Live! competition.
    • Rie Kugimiya voiced Chika Takami's mom.
    • Hekiru Shiina voiced Yoshiko Tsushima's mom.
    • Akiko Yajima voices Mari Ohara's mother in The Movie, though she has a bigger role than the other examples on this list.
  • No Dub for You:
    • Averted for the series. Unlike the time when the original series' first season was initially sub-only before being dubbed for its re-release, Sunshine!! received a dub within the same year, since this spinoff got a broadcast dub from Funimation for each of its two seasons.
    • Subverted with the movie Over the Rainbow. Months after the US received theatrical screenings of its Japanese/subbed only version, the movie received a dub for its North American February 2020 Blu-ray release.
  • No Export for You:
    • Unlike the original series which is available in North, Central, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, most of Europe, Africa and the Mid-East (thanks to the contribution of The Japan Foundation) and Asia, Love Live! Sunshine!! received a much limited release. This is because the distributor for this series was changed to FUNimation in America and local distributors decided to get a separate license from Japan.
    • At the time of writing this, both seasons of Sunshine!! are available on the United States, Canada, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Latin America, France, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and Philippines. Keep in mind that more territories were added during the broadcast of the second season (see Late Export for You for more details).
    • Spain, Portugal and Italy, however, only have the first season and nothing more. Furthermore, a distributor in Spain licensed the series but doesn't distribute it.
    • Also, Singapore doesn't have the series, although live presentations and concerts were shown there.
    • The series' manga counterpart has no releases outside of Asia whatsoever. Weirdly, the series is officially available in English through Kadokawa Gempak Starz, a Malaysian magazine that serializes the manga among other series.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: Just like the original series, much of Sunshine's direction comes from the fans.
    • Aqours had their name be decided by fans.
    • The sub-unit names note as well as their member composition were also decided in the same manner.
    • The costumes for the Duo-Trio unitsnote  are decided by reader polls.
    • "GuuRinPa" (ぐ~りんぱ), the official group name of Arishanote , Aikyannote  and Anchannote  used in their radio show, was chosen from letter submissions sent by fans.
  • Overtook the Manga: As with the previous series, the manga adaptation is still ongoing.
  • Promoted Fangirl: All members of Aqours' voice cast were fans of the original Love Live series, and auditioned because of that. In her interview from the November 2016 Dengeki G's issue, Arisa Komiya (who voices Dia) also revealed that she came to know of the franchise through working alongside Emi Nitta (who voices Honoka).
    • The biggest fangirl in the franchise is Aqours' leader and the voice of Chika, Anju Inami. If given the chance, she will talk for minutes about her love of µ's and the franchise.
    • Kanako Takatsuki, Hanamaru's seiyuu, was a fan and as a cover singer (utaite), sometimes sung Love Live songs.
    • Hanamaru's English voice actress, Megan Shipman, was/is also a huge Love Live fan even before getting the part. She's even cosplayed her before the announcement.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The move where all 8 members dive to the ground in Season 2 Episode 6 for the song "MIRACLE WAVE" was actually suggested by Aika Kobayashi, Yoshiko's voice actress.
  • The Red Stapler: Sunshine!!'s popularity is almost single-handedly credited with boosting tourism to the city of Numazu, with the city collaborating with the series regularly as part of promotional events.
  • Screwed by the Network: The Movie suffered a bad case of this due to opening in a smaller number of theaters than the previous movie and opening over the period when many people (most notably children) have New Year's break, resulting in the film being outgrossed by several kid-oriented films, most notably Ralph Breaks the Internet and Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
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  • Tribute to Fido:
    • The dog featured in Season 2 Episode 5, Anko, is based on a real dog formerly owned by one of the animators, which passed away in March 2017.
    • Yoshiko tries to name the stray dog Laelaps. This may be inspired by Aikyan's dog, Laela, as revealed in Ultra Jump April 2018's "100 Questions for Kobayashi Aika" interview.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • When the profiles and visuals of Aqours were first revealed, Dia and Yoshiko were initially second year students, while You was going to be in her first year. Of course, this was changed along the line so that Yoshiko, You and Dia are now first, second and third year students respectively.
    • Some official art depicts Aqours wearing their unique Black School Uniforms during the winter season. Fans believed this would be ideal for Season 2 since it took place between Fall and Spring season, but since then, it has not been used for anything other than just promotional arts. Though this was later used in the manga adapatation of School Idol Diary.
    • Some personal hobbies were left out, like Yoshiko's tendency to play video games and Hanamaru being part of the choir group at a church.
    • The original poll that decided the sub-units presented alternate configurations of the girls based on different types. One configuration described Chika, Riko, and Dia being "charismatic type," Kanan, You, and Ruby being "natural type," and You, Yoshiko, and Mari being "daredevil type."
    • Both AZALEA's "Amazing Travel DNA" concert and the Aqours "Dome Tour" concert series had to be canceled due to COVID-19 complications. AZALEA ended up performing the "Amazing Travel DNA" songs in full at the concert that replaced the Dome Tour, "Aqours ONLINE LoveLive! ~LOST WORLD~", and the concert eventually got rebranded as "Amazing Travel DNA TRY AGAIN" and rescheduled for a February 2021 premiere.
  • Word of Saint Paul: While it remains that most Aqours song centers haven't been officially revealed, most fans have taken the centers given by Love Live! School idol festival ALL STARS as the closest thing to "official", as the game properly attributes centers to every other song.

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